Library hosts virtual author chat
Fans can ask questions to author Debbie Macomber as part of a virtual author chat at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.
Macomber, who is the author of the ''Cedar Cove'' series and has more than 150 million books in print, will not be at the library, but she will be able to speak with and answer questions from the audience through the use of video-conferencing software.
Admission is free. For more information, call 330-399-8807, Ext. 400.
Gardens decorated for holidays
Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks in Youngstown will be transformed into a winter wonderland for December.
''Winter Celebration: The Snow Garden'' will feature decorated trees and holiday floral displays throughout the Davis Center, and visitors will be able to shop in the gardens and visit the ''Courtyard of the Snow Kingdom.''
The event runs Saturday through Dec. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with Monday hours on Dec. 31. For more information, call 330-740-7116.
Ugly Sweater Party set for Youngstown
The Youngstown State University chapter of the American Marketing Association will have an Ugly Sweater Party from 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7 at Dooney's Downtown Grill & Bar, 50 E. Federal St., Youngstown.
Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest holiday sweater, and the evening will include a Chinese auction, DJ and a performance by the belly dance group Troupe ANANDA.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door, and proceeds will benefit the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley. For tickets or more information, email AMAYSU1@gmail.com.
Christmas classic comes to Columbiana
Crown Theater Productions' ''A Christmas Carol'' opens Friday at the Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana.
The Charles Dickens' tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly creditor who continues his greedy ways on Christmas Eve, rejecting a Christmas dinner invitation from his nephew and overworking his employee, Bob Cratchit. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley and three other ghosts who force him to look at his past, present and future.
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 7-8 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 9. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and younger and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238911. For more information, call 330-482-9915. A ''High Tea'' with tea, sandwiches and desserts will be available before the two Sunday matinees starting at 12:15 p.m. Tea/show tickets are $25 and reservations are required.
'Nutcracker' returns to Ashtabula
Ballet Theatre Ashtabula's annual production of ''The Nutcracker'' opens Friday for a three-weekend run at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St.
The ballet choreographed to the music of Peter Tchaikovsky tells the story of a girl who receives an enchanted nutcracker doll that comes to life on Christmas Eve and transports her to magical worlds.
Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 7-8 and 13-15 with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 8-9 and 15-16. Tickets are $13 adults, $12 students and senior citizens and $11 for children ages 12 and younger. A ''Sugar Plum Luncheon'' is offered at noon Dec. 8 ($12 adults and $9 children) and a ''Clara's Punch and Sweet Treats'' reception is planned following the 2 p.m. performances on Dec. 9 and 15 ($7 adults and $5 children). For tickets or more information, call 440-964-3396.
Geauga theater stages 'Carol'
''A Christmas Carol'' opens Friday at the Geauga Theater Guild stage, 101 Water St., Chardon.
This adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic was written by Terry Sedivy and Rory Swift with music by Sarah Hamrick, Donald Dingman and Laura Christian. Angela Miloro-Hansen directs a cast of more than 50 performers.
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and senior citizens and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. For reservations or more information, call 440-286-2255.
PlayhouseSquare offers holiday tour
PlayhouseSquare will be decorated for the holidays for its free monthly tours on Saturday.
Participants can see the holiday decorations in the lobbies as well as getting a backstage glimpse at the downtown Cleveland theaters. Tour guests will receive a collectible "Princess of the Palace" holiday ornament, holiday cookies and an official PlayhouseSquare 90th Anniversary commemorative pin.
Tours start at 10 a.m. Saturday and leave at 15-minute intervals from the State Theatre lobby, 1519 Euclid Ave., with the last tour at 11:30 a.m. No reservations are needed for individual participants, but groups of 10 or more are asked to call Carol Lee Vella at 216-640-8531 so arrangements can be made for their group.
Scrooge returns to PlayhouseSquare
Great Lakes Theater's 24th annual production of ''A Christmas Carol'' opens Friday at PlayhouseSquare's Ohio Theatre.
Over the years, the production has been seen by more than 600,000 people, making it one of northeast Ohio's best-attended holiday events. The adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic was written by former GLT artistic director Gerald Freedman.
It runs through Dec. 23. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with matinees at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $28 to $60 and are available by calling the PlayhouseSquare box office at 216-241-6000 and online at www.greatlakestheater.org.
Carnegie Science Center does the Locomotion
Dozens of model train layouts and rail-related exhibits will be featured for ''Locomotion Weekend'' at the Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own model trains for a free check-up basic repairs, routine cleaning, and oiling at the "Loco Doctor" table. Representatives from the Duquesne Incline, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and Scenic Express, among others, will provide demonstration tables and activities. The Train Collectors Association's Kids Club will offer interactive train layouts designed for little engineers.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free with general admission to the science center. For more information, call 412-237-3400.